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Humanitarian Innovation Fund/ Save the Children
Professor Susanne Charlesworth, Dr. Andrew Adam-Bradford, Dr. Frank Warwick, Simon Watkins, Dr. Sami Youssef, Dr. Kevin Winter and Dr. Laurence Carmichael.
The aim of this to identify and redress issues affecting resilience to flooding in refugee camps.
Objectives include data creation; assessment of the impacts on environmental and human health of pilot built environmental interventions; resilience to flooding.
Site-specific factors lead to flooding and widespread contamination, ill health, stress, injury and extreme vulnerability of the population to climate change. Surface water drainage is key in ensuring Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) achieves its objectives, but little cognisance is given of where water artificially drains to except that it must be conveyed “to another environment”, leading to further environmental degradation.
This project could present drainage as a human right. There is a very real prospect that this project could make tangible differences to people’s lives at a time of enormous stress and pressure. It can also influence the process by which refugee camps are set up and run, giving the community responsibility for their drainage and, by instigating sustainable greywater reuse, providing them with a means of supporting themselves by growing their own food. Refugee camps are usually ordered, bland and lack any aesthetic consideration – one of the many multiple benefits of using native vegetation in drainage devices is that it tackles these shortcomings, improving resident’s quality of life and that of the surrounding environment. The impacts of this study have the potential to be life changing for the poorest and most vulnerable populations worldwide.
This research aims to assess the impact of this policy change on farmers through environmental, technical and economic perspectives.
The aim of this two year KTP project is to investigate the value of water managed green infrastructure in urban areas to improve biodiversity.
The proposed project brings together scholars from Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) at Coventry University (CU) and Department of Animal Sciences (DoAS) at Stellenbosch University (SU) as part of a knowledge exchange around action based research approaches that can be applied in exploring local institutions and livelihoods of communal livestock farmers in South Africa.
This project aims to assess the social impact of small-scale agroecological businesses and food producing enterprises in the UK.